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News Pittsburgh Topdog Has Ray Anthony Thomas and Native Son Billy Porter, March 4-April 4 Ray Anthony Thomas is Lincoln and Billy Porter is Booth in the Pittsburgh premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, at City Theatre March 4-April 4.

The play, first seen at The Public Theater and then on Broadway, "tells the story of two brothers named Lincoln and Booth by the father who abandoned them. The pair live together in a rented room and a world of illusion with the game of three-card monte at its center. This contemporary Cain and Abel story is wickedly funny, physical, and full of empathy for the human condition."

Artistic director Tracy Brigden directs. Designers are Tony Ferrieri (scenic), Pei-Chi Su (costume), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting) and Elizabeth Atkinson (sound).

Ray Anthony Thomas received an Obie award for Volunteer Man, directed by Tracy Brigden at Rattlestick Theatre in New York. He last appeared at City Theatre as Willie Lee in A Raisin in the Sun.

Billy Porter (Booth) is a Homewood native who has appeared on Broadway, television, film, and has released three albums on the A&M label. His theatre credits include the original casts of Miss Saigon, Grease, Five Guys Named Moe and Smokey Joe's Café. Porter graduated from CAPA High School and Carnegie Mellon University.

Brigden is in her third season as artistic director at City Theatre and has numerous Off-Broadway and regional directing credits. Last season, she started the new play festival MOMENTUM: new plays at different stages. Prior to coming to City Theatre she held positions at Hartford Stage and Manhattan Theatre Club. To buy tickets, call the box office at (412) 431-CITY or visit citytheatrecompany.org.

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